Warne left so proud of his jaded Millers

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

ROTHER­HAM man­ager Paul Warne ad­mit­ted the de­feat at Wi­gan was “a dif­fi­cult pill to swal­low”.

The Millers de­fended res­o­lutely at the DW Sta­dium, but were even­tu­ally un­done by a 73rd­minute win­ner from Wi­gan substitute James Vaughan.

Com­ing on the back of their mid­week Carabao Cup tie against Pre­mier League side Ever­ton, Warne felt his side did not de­serve to go back to South York­shire with noth­ing.

“It’s no ex­cuse, but we didn’t get home un­til late on Wed­nes­day night, whereas Wi­gan didn’t have a game,” he said. “As a re­sult, I thought we looked a lit­tle bit jaded in the first half and it took us a bit of time to get go­ing.

“I’d sort of try and take that first half out of my mem­ory – we were pleased to get them in at 0-0.

“Wi­gan were com­fort­ably the bet­ter team up to that point, with­out our goal­keeper mak­ing any real saves that I can re­mem­ber.

“At half-time we de­cided to push our de­fend­ers a lot higher up the pitch to force our mid­field­ers to push a lot higher up the pitch and give our strik­ers some sup­port.

“I’m ob­vi­ously bi­ased, but I’m also hon­est and I thought we were the bet­ter side in the sec­ond half.

“We were push­ing for the goal, we had plenty of set-pieces, they had block af­ter block and it just wouldn’t drop for us.

“Against an ex­cel­lent Wi­gan side, I’m proud of the ef­fort and how we went toe to toe with them. But at the same time I’m very dis­ap­pointed to come away with noth­ing.”

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